South Africa 1954 1/2 penny
South Africa, after a turbulent history between English and Dutch settlers and the native population, was constituted the Union of South Africa in 1910. Coinage commenced in 1923. The pennies, modeled on British pennies of the sterling system, featured the Dromedaris, a Dutch sailing ship, on the reverse. This date is is the scarcest of a type struck 1953-60. With the collapse of apartheid, collecting South African coins is now respectable again.
Recorded mintage: 101,000 plus 3,150 proofs.
Specification: bronze, plain edge, designed by Mary Gillick and G. E. Kruger-Gray.
Catalog reference: KM 45.
- Bruce, Colin R., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 35th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2007.